The Tough Issue

Issue #63 | Summer 2014
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OUT OF CHARACTER: Why the Latest Transformation of Wonder Woman has Fans Concerned  |  by Stevie St. John

MALE CALL: A Conversation about Masculinity and Violence with Byron Hurt and Jackson Katz  |  by Jesse Fruhwirth

PRECIOUS METTLE: The Myth of the Strong Black Woman  |  by Tamara Winfrey Harris

AGAINST THE ROPES: For Women Boxers, it’s a Fight Just to Get in the Ring  |  by Sarah Brown

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Why is it so Uncomfortable when Women Challenge Traditional Cancer Narratives?  |  by Sara Black McCulloch

MASS MARKET: Two Latina Authors Plot a Feminist Takeover of Chick-Lit  |  by Aya de León and Sofia Quintero

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: The Growing Visibility of Domestic Workers Onscreen and Off  |  by Sheila Bapat

EVERLASTING LOVE: Why Courtney Love Still Matters  |  by Jessica Machado


RIGGED SYSTEM: Women Truck Drivers are Paving Their Own Way Through an Often Hostile Industry  |  by Roxanna Asgarian

TOUGH LOVE: Our Complicated Feelings about Progressive Icons  |  by Shafiqah Hudson

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG ACTIVIST: The First Female Member of the Black Panther Party Looks Back  |  by Allan Ford


Requiem for a Jem by Keidra Chaney
Honor Before Death? Not for Female Scientists by Hannah Waters
Sovereignty Through Photography by Emilly Prado 
Alice in TV Land by Stephanie Abraham
A Tale of Two Football Leagues by Shannon Iggy
Bitch In: Pye Jakobsson by Ruth Jacobs


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Phoolan Devi  |  by Donna Choi


Over Easy by Sarah Mirk
As/Us: A Space for Women of the World by Kjerstin Johnson
Dear Kate by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
Brittney Griner by Tina Vasquez
The Every Body Project by JP Poole
Ada’s Technical Books and Café by JP Poole
100 Crushes by Kate Lesniak
Bohemians: A Graphic History by Ellie Piper
Depression Comix by Alyssa Favreau
Fisher Poets Anthology by Kristin Rogers Brown


Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (Masha Gessen) by Hiya Swanhuyser
The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Astra Taylor) by Joshunda Sanders
The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock (Tanya Selvaratnam) by Katie Presley
Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote Scum (and Shot Andy Warhol) (Breanne Fahs) by Andi Zeisler
Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (Kelly Cogswell) by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists (Kerrie Logan Hollihan) by Crystal Erickson
The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much by Our Mom (Rachel Ament, Ed.) by Avital Norman Nathman
Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly (Lee Gutkind & Beth Ann Fennelly, Eds.) by Candace Opper
Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire (Amy Villarejo) by Anna Hamilton


Food (Kelis) by Alley Pezanoski-Browne
Changing Light (Mirah) by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
Vengo (Ana Tijoux) by Katie Presley
Habibi (Habibi) by Stephanie Nolasco
Souvenance (Kali Mutsa) by Claire Ashton
Self-Titled (Saâda Bonaire) by Alley Pezanoski-Browne
His and Hers (denitia and sene) by Katie Presley
The Devil in Me (Pony Boy) by Stephanie Nolasco
Haematic (Feral Future) by Claire Ashton


Finding Vivian Maier (Directors: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel) by Alissa Chadburn
I Am Yours (Director: Iram Haq) by Lisa Knisely
52 Tuesdays (Director: Sophie Hyde) by Rhienne Renée Guedry
Chastity Belts (Director: John V. Knowles) by Ellie Piper
The Motherhood Archives (Director: Irene Lusztig) by JP Poole
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (Director: Thomas Allen Harris) by Rhienne Renée Guedry
Eat Sleep Die (Director: Gabriela Pichler) by Lisa Knisely
Sepideh (Director: Berit Madsen) by Alissa Chadburn

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